Monday, January 30, 2023

January Mini Reviews!



I really liked this contemporary romance! I thought Georgie and Levi were good main characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was another great YA novel from Emma Lord! I would definitely recommend checking it out!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was a good MG novel, that I enjoyed reading! I would recommend checking it out!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



I thought this was a great beginning to a new cozy mystery series! And the food mentioned sounded really good. Overall, I would definitely recommend trying this book!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was a good YA mystery/thriller novel, that I enjoyed reading!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



I really enjoyed reading this contemporary romance! The characters were great, and I liked the plot. Overall, I would definitely recommend trying this book!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was a good Middle Grade novel, that I really liked! Rose and Cora were great main characters. This was the beginning of a fun new series, and I would definitely recommend reading it!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was a really well written YA novel! The main character, Zahra, had a great voice, it was really easy to read from her POV. (This is hard for me to explain, but I love when books have a MC whose voice just really flows, and it's nice to be in their head.) Overall, I would definitely recommend this book!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.



This was an absolutely great YA fantasy novel, that I thought was really well written! Overall, I would definitely recommend trying it!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

Review: The Carrefour Curse!



The Addams Family meets The Westing Game in this exhilarating mystery about a modern magical dynasty trapped in the ruins of their once-grand, now-crumbling ancestral home.
Twelve-year-old Garnet regrets that she doesn't know her family. Her mother has done her best to keep it that way, living far from the rest of the magical Carrefour clan and their dark, dangerous mansion known as Crossroad House. But when Garnet finally gets summoned to the estate, it isn't quite what she hoped for. Her relatives are strange and quarrelsome, each room in Crossroad House is more dilapidated than the last, and she can't keep straight which dusty hallways and cobwebbed corners are forbidden. Then Garnet learns the family secret: their dying patriarch fights to retain his life by stealing power from others. Every accident that isn't an accident, every unexpected illness and unexplained disappearance grants Jasper Carrefour a little more time. While the Carrefours squabbles over who will inherit his role when (if) he dies, Garnet encounters evidence of an even deeper curse. Was she brought to Crossroad House as part of the curse . . . or is she meant to break it? Written with loads of creepy atmosphere and an edge-of-your-seat magical mystery, this thrilling story reads like The Haunting of Hill House for preteens. Perfect for late-night reading under the covers.

-summary and cover via Goodreads

Review: This was such a well written, interesting, and truly terrifying MG read! I started reading  this before bed one night, and ended up finishing it the following afternoon, because I just had to know what would happen to the Carrefour family. This book was so creepy, and I loved it! The magic was interesting. Garnet was a great main character, and I loved getting to know (at least most of them) the other members of her family. Even though this book stands on its own, I really hope we get another book with this family! I think there are so many possibilities for more books. Overall, I loved this MG novel, and I would highly recommend reading it!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

2023 Debut Author Interviews Wrap Up!


Hi, everyone! The 2023 Debut Author Interviews are now over! I just want to take a moment and thank everyone who has supported the posts this year. It has made me so happy to see people enjoying the interviews! As always, I had so much fun hosting the event! And I hope you found some new books to add to your TBR list.

I'm going to link to all the interviews below, that way you can read any you may have missed!

I want to say thank you so much to all the authors who participated in the event! They are all wonderful people, and I hope you will check out all of their books!

And thank you so much to everyone who read the posts, commented, tweeted, or in any way supported this event! You all are totally awesome!


I hope you all will look forward to the 2024 event! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2023

2023 Debuts! Interview With Lauren Yero!



Hi, everyone! Today I'm happy to present an interview with Lauren Yero, the author of Under This Forgetful Sky, which releases in July!

Would you please describe your book, Under This Forgetful Sky, in seven words?

 

Star-crossed love, a dystopian quest, and SECRETS.


Did you always want to be a writer?

 

I did! In third grade, I wrote my first “novel”—it was about an orphaned girl on a perilous quest who teams up with another girl she meets wandering in the woods. (Spoiler alert: the girl turns out to be her long-lost sister! And they’re both actually princesses!!) It was…a little cheesy. But ever since, I’ve thought of myself as a writer. For years, I wrote poetry and short stories that I hid under my bed so no one would read them, then I went on to study literature and writing in college. I didn’t know what kind of writer I wanted to be, or what kind of audience I wanted to write for, I just knew that I wanted to write. Then one day I got an idea for a young adult novel—a story of adventure, resistance, and first love—that gripped me and wouldn’t let go. It’s dream to know that in a few months, this novel will be out in the world for readers to discover (and hopefully love)!


Random Question! What’s your favorite time of year?

 

It’s an even split between spring and fall. I grew up in Florida, where the seasons are “hot” and “not as hot,” so now that I live in the mountains, I’m enchanted by these in-between months when the world is in transition. Spring is especially lovely here—for a few weeks, flowers called spring ephemerals blanket the forest floor and the woods smell exactly like fresh lemons. It’s magical!


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
 
First, I’d say to try not to worry too much about the kind of writer you want to be—just write what inspires you, what troubles you, what mystifies you. Find your voice in the exploration. Also, share your work with other aspiring writers. Writing can be a lonely endeavor, and having a group of trusted writerly friends who share encouragement and fresh perspectives with each other is priceless.
 
And lastly, don’t give up!


What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in 2023? And if you’ve already read some ‘23 books, would you like to mention them?

This list could get absurdly long! I'm currently reading Brittany N. Williams’s THAT SELF-SAME METAL (YA historical fantasy), and it's an absolute delight! I’m eagerly awaiting so many other 2023 debuts, but a few that I’m feeling particularly excited about are Gabriela Romero Lacruz’s THE SUN AND THE VOID (epic YA fantasy inspired by South American folklore), Moses Ose Utomi’s DAUGHTERS OF ODUMA (YA fantasy inspired by West African culture), and Ari Tison’s SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (lyrical contemporary YA with Indigenous Costa Rican MCs).

There are so many wonderful books coming out this year, so definitely check out these websites for more ideas:



Author Bio: LAUREN YERO is a Cuban American writer living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She writes speculative, near-future stories of resistance, adventure, and first love that question the structures our world is built upon. Her debut YA novel, UNDER THIS FORGETFUL SKY, comes out in July 2023 with Atheneum/Simon & Schuster.

Born in Florida, she received her BA from Davidson College and her MA in Environmental Literature from the University of Nevada Reno. Her desire to connect more deeply with her Latinx heritage led her to study and work in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, and Chile, where she drew inspiration for her debut novel.

In addition to writing, she teaches at a small farm-and-arts school in the beautiful county she calls home. She shares a small homestead with her husband, two kids, two pups, ten chickens, five geese, two ducks, and a couple hundred thousand honeybees.